Wendy Ward, Sutter Creek Gallery’s featured artist for November, has always been curious and driven to explore deeper meanings in life, and for the past few years, her style of painting and creating art has been from the “inside out.” Using art to explore concepts, she first writes her intention and feelings on the canvas or in a journal, then shifts to using color and shapes to continue her exploration about the topic. Next, she creates an image based on what she sees during meditative visualizations.
Most of Ward’s paintings or mixed media pieces have several layers of colors and symbols that transform as the piece progresses. “Peace,” “sensuality” and “love” are some of the concepts she has worked with along with playful encounters with faeries and mermaids. Often messages or poems are received during or after the process. She practices listening and allowing her connection to the image to continually direct the process.
The artist has worked in various careers during her life including applications programming, finance and marketing and is grateful to finally have more time to create art. She works primarily in acrylic, mixed media, collage and photography. In addition to exhibiting at the Sutter Creek Gallery, her artwork can be seen throughout Amador County as part of the Art in Public Places program or on her website www.TheMermaidMuse.com.
Sutter Creek Gallery invites you to meet Wendy Ward at the November 4 reception, starting at 2 p.m., to view her artwork exemplifying the theme “The soul speaks in images.” Also on hand will be tote bags and purses created by Mary Nahhas, pillows and small collages, all incorporating Ward’s designs. On December 2, the artist will be offering a Winter Faerie mixed media class at the Stockton Art League. To obtain more information about the class or to register, call 209-466-6604.
Wendy Ward is one of the many local artists exhibiting at the cooperative located in the heart of Sutter Creek at 35 Main Street. The gallery is open Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For additional information, call 209-267-0228, email firstname.lastname@example.org